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  • Dettori ends permanent tie with Godolphin

    International Horse Racing October 22, 2012 2:45 am

    Italian jockey Frankie Dettori has ended his 18-year permanent association with Godolphin, Sheikh Mohammed’s famous horseracing stable. Dettori, who has ridden nine English Classic winners for Godolphin, says he needs a “new challenge” but will still compete in the stable’s blue silks on a freelance basis. Dettori said on Sunday […]

     
  • Frankel to prepare for new career

    International Horse Racing October 21, 2012 6:39 pm

    Frankel will slowly prepare for life as a stallion at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket after bowing out with a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 starts in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. It was not as pretty to watch as so many of his other majestic performances but […]

     
  • A double to Dermot Weld at Ascot

    International Horse Racing October 21, 2012 10:24 am

    Dermot Weld showed why he has such a tremendous record around the world by displaying his unique art with a double on Champions Day at Ascot. The master Irish trainer has captured major global events such as the Melbourne Cup twice and the Belmont Stakes in America, as well as […]

     
  • Magnificent Frankel powers to 14th win

    International Horse Racing October 21, 2012 2:27 am

    Frankel produced perhaps his finest performance on Saturday to retain his unbeaten record with his 14th victory in the Group One Champion Stakes (2000m). The Henry Cecil-trained colt — winning his 10th Group One race and likely to be his last — had stumbled out of the barrier but recovered […]

     
  • Sell-out crowd expected for Frankel

    International Horse Racing October 20, 2012 6:36 am

    Frankel is still set to head a star-studded cast on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) as long as the ground is considered safe for the world’s highest-rated racehorse. The going at the Berkshire track on Friday afternoon eased from soft all round to soft on the straight […]

     
  • Jockey lets Frankel do the talking

    International Horse Racing October 19, 2012 10:12 pm

    Irish jockey Tom Queally has been the unsung hero of racing superstar Frankel’s 13-race unbeaten run. But even if the great horse wins his 14th and likely final race at Ascot on Saturday, don’t expect the 28-year-old Irishman to be pushing himself to the front to claim the credit. For […]

     
  • UK star Presvis dies after colic attack

    International Horse Racing October 19, 2012 6:06 pm

    Presvis, the leading British-trained money-earner of all time, on Wednesday afternoon died from colic at his retirement home in Normandy. The much-travelled eight-year-old, trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani, signed off from racing this spring having earned over 4.3 million pounds in prize money. He was twice a winner at […]

     
  • Nicholls harbours doubts over Kauto Star

    International Horse Racing October 19, 2012 11:42 am

    Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has admitted he is “not as keen as he was” to continue the amazing career of Kauto Star. The 12-year-old bounced back to his brilliant best last season to win a fourth Betfair Chase and a record-breaking fifth King George VI Chase. He then suffered a […]

     
  • Frankel heroics a genuine tonic: Cecil

    International Horse Racing October 19, 2012 11:30 am

    Sir Henry Cecil credits the “inspiration” of Frankel with helping him in his ongoing battle against illness. Cecil’s career hit a low point in 2005 when he saddled only 12 winners, but the victory of Light Shift in the 2007 Oaks signalled a return to the big time. The winners […]

     
  • Heavy ground a worry for Frankel farewell

    International Horse Racing October 19, 2012 11:21 am

    Sir Henry Cecil has admitted Frankel will be heading into the unknown in Saturday’s Qipco Champion Stakes if the ground turns heavy. Ascot has been hit by consistent rain in the build-up to Champions Day and following another five millimetres overnight, clerk of the course Chris Stickels has mentioned the […]